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that could be next on the president's agenda, as the white house chief of staff, prepares to make a major announcement. "obama's wars," the revealing book. taking us behind closed doors. what makes the president angriest? what does he worry about all the time? and fire danger in southern california. the hottest day ever. so hot, it actually broke the city's main thermometer. good morning. we begin this morning with a developing news story, which may be considered the highest-profile resignation yet from president obama's inner circle. >> obama administration officials are getting ready for rahm emanuel to say that he is stepping down. it could come this friday. no final decision has been made. >> emanuel is a chicago native. and he wants to run for mayor
there. his temporary replacement may come on friday. >> his departure would be in the heat of the midterm election campaign. and president obama will be back on the stump again today. >> emily schmidt is in washington, this morning, with the developing story. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning to you. when barack obama ran for president, in 2008, the lines at his student events usually stretch as far as the eye that can see. that excitement translated into votes. tonight, president obama is going to return to those roots. he's holding a rally at the university of wisconsin, hoping to capture that excitement again. today, the president, who inspired young voters, with hope and change. >> we have given young people reason to believe. >> reporter: returns to his college rally roots, to convince those youth to vote again. >> you can't sit it out. you can't suddenly just check in once every ten years or so on an exciting presidential election. and then, not pay attention during big midterm elections
where we've got a real big choice, between democrats and republicans. >> reporter: mr. obama's name isn't on the ballot this time. but his party's control of congress is on the line. and youth say they're simply they're motivated. just 55% of young people say they are certain to vote in november. compared to three-quarters of older voters. >> it isn't the same engagement involvement as casting a ballot for your first election. >> i'm not disappointed. i just want more. >> reporter: that's a challenge democrats face, just five weeks before the election. president obama is talking the economy this week. vice president biden urged democrats yesterday to stop whining and consider the alternatives. the question is whether youth will back it up with their vote. >> they're paying attention. they want to participate. but they're starting to increase in their cynicism about the political process. >> reporter: president obama's trip to wisconsin, really highlights a huge shift in the electoral landscape over the
last couple of years. in 2008, a record number of new voters in wisconsin turned out for the democrats. this year, key races all across the state, looking much tighter. rob and vinita? >> emily schmidt, live in washington this morning. bob woodward's new book, "obama's wars" is number two, on amazon's best-selling list this morning. and in an exclusive interview with diane sawyer, woodward tells of president obama battling with top pentagon brass over the war in afghanistan. >> what's the angriest that he gets at the military? >> at one of the meetings, if i can quote him directly, he says, i'm pissed. and he is. they keep coming back about details. and they're trying to push him in that direction. and he's pushing back. >> after a three-month debate, president obama dictated an unprecedented document, in which he detailed how 30,000 new troops would be sent into afghanistan. also, in the interview with
diane sawyer, woodward played a tape of the president, discussing terror threats against the u.s. >> a potential game-changer would be a nuclear weapon, in the hands of terrorists, blowing up in a major american city. or a weapon of mass destruction, in a major american city. so, when i go down the list of things i have to worry about, all the time, the -- that is at the top because that's one area where you can't afford any mistakes. >> woodward's book also details a secret warning the u.s. has given to pakistan. it says that if an attack on the homeland comes from someone trained inside pakistan, that the u.s. would respond militarily. and coming up on "good morning america" today, george stephanopoulos talks with bob woodward, author of that new book, "obama's wars." we mentioned potential attacks notice pakistan.
we have word this morning that the cia is already drastically increasing its bombing attacks inside that country. according to "the new york times," the agency has launched 20 drone attacks this month. that's the most ever in a single month. it's all part of an effort to destroy the bases the taliban and al qaeda forces use to attack u.s. troops across the boarder in afghanistan. and here at home, the investigation is moving forward, into saturday's emergency landing of a small passenger jet. we've learned that the type of plane involved in that incident, has a history of landing gear problems. the landing gear doors on the crj-900, have been found to bend as the plane ages. but it's not clear if that's what caused saturday's emergency at kennedy airport here in new york. dozens of people in southern california are without power in southern california, after a day of record heat. a thermometer in downtown los angeles, hit 113 degrees. and then, it stopped working. brad wheelis reports from l.a. >> reporter: anybody living in the city of angels got a little
taste of purgatory today. >> it's hotter than hedges to hell down here. >> reporter: it hit 113 degrees in los angeles, at 12:15 p.m. it's an unexpected week of summer in the first full week of autumn, in l.a. >> end of september, i thought it would turn into fall. but i guess not. >> reporter: this year, angelinos got a cool june, july and august. those not hitting the beach did whatever they could to keep cool, like using umbrellas on the sidewalk, or stepping into a fountain with their clothes on. the national weather service says the prolonged period of heat was being caused by a ridge of high pressure, that was keeping the pacific ocean's normal cool temperatures at a distance. that's not only a minor issue for those without amenities. >> do you have air conditioning in there? >> no. no, i don't. >> reporter: but a major problem for firefighters. >> this is the peak of our fire season. >> reporter: u.s. forest service spokesperson, john millar,
could not be more spot-on, as a small but persistent brush fire broke in the los angeles suburb thousand oaks. although temperatures were high, there was little wind, giving some relief that the blaze would not spread so quickly. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. time, now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. cooling off to the mid-80s in downtown l.a. but hotter inland. light rain from seattle to tacoma. showers from milwaukee down to st. louis. another wet day along the east coast, from miami to maine. downpours, large hail and gusty winds around philadelphia, new york and boston. >> much of the northeast will hover around the 80-degree mark. while miami climbs to 87. 60s from minneapolis to detroit. and 72 in fargo. triple-digits for phoenix and sacramento. 85 in salt lake city. 70 in seattle. your business news is next. blackberry takes on the ipad, unveiling its new tablet computer. and a major airline merger shaking up the industry again. what does the deal mean for you?
a big deal is shaking up the airline industry. southwest airs is planning to buy airtran. the $1.4 billion deal would move southwest into 37 new cities, including atlanta. and while southwest says it will drop airtran's baggage fees when they combine, the merger could mean fewer discounts. and time, now, for a check of market activity, starting
overseas. tokyo's nikkei average lost more than 100 points today. hong kong's hang seng is down in late trading. and in london, the ftse opened lower. on monday, the dow lost 48 points. meanwhile, the nasdaq dropped 11 points. the irs will no longer send out tax forms via snail mail. that's because so many people download the files online. the move is expected to save about $10 million a year. paper forms will still be available to download or at irs offices. ben & jerry's is dropping the phrase all-natural from its containers. the ice cream isn't changing any of its ingredients. a consumer watchdog group told the company it shouldn't use the phrase all-natural when putting certain ingredients in the ice cream. a new tablet computer is coming to take on apple's ipad. the blackberry playbook has a seven-inch screen. it will have two cameras. and can use a wireless link to act as a larger screen for a
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plan to kill innocent 1i68ians in afghanistan. >> it's among the most serious war crime cases to come out of the afghan war so far. brian ross has more from the hearing. >> reporter: in february, in a call for help from his army base in afghanistan. adam winfield told his parents in florida, via facebook, that his staff sergeant was murdering innocent afghan civilians. but he didn't feel safe telling anyone on the base about it. >> he said, if he told anybody over there, he would never make it past that night. he would never make it home. >> reporter: winfields say they called six different army officers and a senator to get help. >> thank you for calling ft. lewis. >> reporter: they were either ignored or told nothing could be done. now, their son, adam, is one of those charged with murder, forced by the sergeant to take part of the killing in may of an afghan man. >> it's heartbreaking. and i've been crying ever since. >> reporter: other soldiers say
the sergeant, calvin gibbs, seen here in a high school photo, forced g.i.s in his unit to pick out afghans and kill them for sport, collecting body parts as so souvenirs. on a tape obtained by abc news, corporal jeremy morlock, also convicted of murder, that sergeant gibbs was crazy. no one could tell him no. >> you don't want to cross gibbs, ever, at all. when it comes to killing people, that's too easy. >> reporter: it is shades of vietnam, including allegations that soldiers at the base, regularly used drugs, hashish, laced with opium, to deal with the stress of their lives in afghanistan. >> bad days. stressful days. days that we just needed escape. >> reporter: the military now confirms it is investigating the allegations that the parents of adam winfield, tried back in february to warn the army, that
both innocent afghan civilians and u.s. soldiers were being put at risk. brian ross, abc news, new york. to politics, now, and some new developments in the much-watched new york governor's race. a real estate developer, backed by the tea party, just got a big boost. conservative party candidate, rick lazio, dropped out of the race yesterday, two weeks after losing the gop primary to carl paladino. with the republican party no longer split, democratic nominee andrew cuomo may have to settle for a smaller cut of the votes. the parent of the segway company has apparently falling to his death while riding one of the scooters. a segway was found nearby. police are not saying much about this incident. however, the family says there will be a full investigation into his death. new laws against texting while driving may not be doing much to improve safety. a new study show there's was no drop in traffic accident rates
following statewide bans on texting behind the wheel. the insurance institute for highway safety says the number of crashes went up slightly among the youngest group of drivers. researchers suggest the results may mean drivers have other distractions in addition to texting. a baby-boom in new orleans is the latest evidence of the good times the city had earlier this year, as the saints made their nfl playoff run. births are up 46% in one city hospital. and they're expecting a spike soon, as the big easy marks nine months since the saints' super bowl triumph. all the new saints fans are cleverly being called the new dates. in the nfl, there's three undefeated teams. pittsburgh, kansas city and chicago. details on how the embassy joined that group last night from espn news. >> good morning. what a game we had for you last night on "monday night football," between the 2-0, green bay packers and the 2-0, chicago bears. pick up the action early in the fourth quarter. bears trailing 10-7.
green bay punting to the always-dangerous devin hester. hester, driving through rush hour traffic. takes it to the h.o.v. lane. 62 yards for the touchdown. bears up 14-10. later in the fourth, the packers respond. aaron rogers. dives for the pylon. he's in. touchdown, packers up 17-14. under 2:30 to go. packers' ball at their own 38. driving, rogers to james jones. but it -- coughs up the football. recovered by chicago's tim jennings. brian urlacher forces the fumble. bears' ball. ensuing drive, eight seconds to go. robbie gould, attempting the 19-yard field goal. it is up. it is good. the bears win 20-17. they're 3-0, for the first time since 2006. phillies and nationals. philadelphia, looking to clinch
the n.l. east. top of the second. jayson werth, the bomb off john lannan. werth's 26th of the year. phillies up 1-0. more than enough for roy halladay. ins the second gets roger bernadina swinging. then, in the ninth inning, halladay still in there. he gets danny espinoza. halladay with a complete game shutout. the phillies win 8-0, to clinch the n.l. east division title for the fourth-straight year. that's a look at sports this morning. i'm ducis rodgers. back to you in new york. from politician to proud mom. the spotlight was on sarah palin last night, as she entered the ballroom for the first time. >> palin appeared on "dancing with the stars," to cheer on her daughter, who she referred to as bristol the pistol. bristol did well. the top score went to "dirty dancer" jennifer grey. >> we'll find out tonight who
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just towards our west. this band of rain coming across the mountains and i-8 , and hitting -- i-81 and hitting frederick now will be sliding to the east. we expect a band of rain from virginia to swing through and give us a wet commute. right now temperatures are just warm and it's humid with 70 in perry hall. 71 down towards millersville and temperatures should make their way to about 79 this afternoon with again, still a threat of an isolated thunderstorm. right now let's see what's happening on the roads brown. >> even though the roads are wet in places it's not as bad as yesterday. and traffic is actually looking pretty good along a lot of the major roadways. we have one crash in middle river, kingston road closed at eastern boulevard. you might want to avoid that as police wrap up that accident scene. no problems on the beltway from bel air to providence on the outer loop. no delays there. 95 southbound locks good from whitemarsh boulevard to 695. on the te